Custodial Party/Non-Custodial Parent
There are generally three parties in a child support case: the child(ren), the custodial party and the non-custodial parent. The custodial party is the person who lives with the child and has primary responsibility for the care of the child. The non-custodial parent is often the child's father, although in some circumstances the child's mother can also be the non-custodial parent. When a child is in the custody of another family member or in foster care, there may be 2 non-custodial parents. Regardless of their living arrangement or relationship, both of the child's parents should provide the financial support that their child needs.